an agricultural implement with spikelike teeth or upright disks, drawn chiefly over plowed land to level it, break up clods, root up weeds, etc.
to draw a harrow over (land).
to disturb keenly or painfully; distress the mind, feelings, etc., of.
to become broken up by harrowing, as soil.
- har·row·er, noun
Other definitions for harrow (2 of 3)
to ravish; violate; despoil.
(of Christ) to descend into (hell) to free the righteous held captive.
- har·row·ment, noun
Other definitions for Harrow (3 of 3)
a borough of Greater London, in SE England.
a boarding school for boys, founded in 1571 at Harrow-on-the-Hill, an urban district near London, England.
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How to use harrow in a sentence
In the near-future, decidedly post-apocalyptic United States of Joy Williams’s “harrow,” a passel of like-minded individuals has gathered at a run-down resort.The post-apocalyptic world of Joy Williams’s ‘Harrow’ reads like a cautionary tale | Bethanne Patrick | September 23, 2021 | Washington Post
Williams brings up stories that may be imaginary in 2021 — like uteruses harvested from brain-dead bodies for rich women’s use — but feel all too probable in the world of “harrow.”The post-apocalyptic world of Joy Williams’s ‘Harrow’ reads like a cautionary tale | Bethanne Patrick | September 23, 2021 | Washington Post
So in the first editor pass, my editor was like, “Nah, this is not harrow, people are going to immediately see.”
Ianthe is so completely into her in very much a way that harrow isn’t really good at dealing with, except in the kind of way where your arm comes off and you regrow it.
One of the things that surprised me about the reception for the book, which maybe it should not have, is I actually got a lot of pushback from commenters for characterizing the relationship between harrow and Gideon as being a romantic love story.
The writers definitely picked the wrong week to give Richard harrow (Jack Huston) a breather.‘Breaking Bad’ Finale, ‘Homeland’ Premiere: How to Survive DVRmageddon | Jason Lynch | September 29, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
And watching these two programs side by side makes one feel infinitely happier to have been expelled from Eton than from harrow.
Bo Guagua went to two private boarding schools, Papplewick and harrow, before going on to study at Balliol College, Oxford.Neil Heywood & China’s Bo Xilai Scandal: Drinker, Sailor, Fixer, Spy? | Melinda Liu | March 30, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
“My name, period, is Richard harrow,” which I interpreted as Richard having trouble speaking.
What initially attracted you to the character of Richard harrow and how much of his mannerisms did you create?
There was also one at the Plough and harrow, and several may stil be found in the neighbourhood.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham | Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
The steam-shoveller was removed, or the tormentor irons raised, when only the harrow was required.Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2) | Francis Trevithick
We reached harrow too late to attend church as we had hoped, the morning services just closing as we entered the churchyard.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car | Thomas D. Murphy
If he has stolen a watering bucket or a harrow, he shall pay three shekels of silver.The Oldest Code of Laws in the World | Hammurabi, King of Babylon
Upon the plateau I saw my rusty old disk harrow–a legacy from Milt–standing on the brown earth.The Idyl of Twin Fires | Walter Prichard Eaton
British Dictionary definitions for harrow (1 of 3)
any of various implements used to level the ground, stir the soil, break up clods, destroy weeds, etc, in soil
(tr) to draw a harrow over (land)
(intr) (of soil) to become broken up through harrowing
(tr) to distress; vex
- harrower, noun
- harrowing, adjective, noun
British Dictionary definitions for harrow (2 of 3)
to plunder or ravish
(of Christ) to descend into (hell) to rescue righteous souls
- harrowment, noun
British Dictionary definitions for Harrow (3 of 3)
a borough of NW Greater London; site of an English boys' public school founded in 1571 at Harrow-on-the-Hill, a part of this borough. Pop: 210 700 (2003 est). Area: 51 sq km (20 sq miles)
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